Change Cycling Now Approached By UCI Commission

The UCI’s independent commission set up for investigating its action during the Lance Armstrong era have approached the pressure group Change Cycling Now to assist them in the inquiry.

The members of the group will likely have considerable information they can share with Change Cycling Now including anti-doping scientists Michael Ashenden and Robin Parisotto, triple Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, former Armstrong teammate Jonathan Vaughters and Armstrong critics Paul Kimmage and David Walsh. In addition to these names, the group also includes Eric Boyer who recently revealed that he had been threatened with legal action by UCI president Pat McQuaid after he raised concerns about the return of Lance Armstrong to racing. Boyer remarked that he still has the letter in question and, presumably, will consider handing it over.

Change Cycling Now organizer Jaimie Fuller said we were approached immediately after the press conference in London and he met with legal representatives of the commission. Fuller added that will be discussing the approach with the other members of the Change Cycling Now panel and we will consider the appropriate action. Meanwhile, the independent commission chairman Sir Phillip Otton has sought to reassure about its stance in relation to the governing body of cycling and remarked that the commission has been appointed independently of the UCI and has itself fixed the terms of reference and the procedure which we will follow in gathering evidence.

The Commission recently asked all who feel they have information or evidence pertinent to allegations that the governing body of cycling received illegal payments from Lance Armstrong or were in collusion with him has been invited to either post a summary of their evidence to a London postal address or to make contact via a dedicated email address before Dec 31, 2012. The independent commission will thereafter evaluate those submissions before deciding whether to pursue them further and whether to invite the witness concerned to give evidence at their formal hearing between April 9-26, 2013.

The UCI has recently written to key stakeholders within the sport calling for their input on how to build a bright future for cycling and tackle issues of concern in the sport. The cycling’s governing body in a press release said that letters have been sent to riders, teams, race organizers, national federations, administrators, sponsors, industry representatives, anti-doping organizations and sports bodies, asking for their comments on four main pillars of discussion: globalization, anti-doping, riders, and sports calendar. The stakeholders had just six days to submit their ideas, with the cycling body setting a deadline of 10 December to reply. UCI president Pat McQuaid said remarked that we will work together to tackle issues of concern and build a bright future for cycling and we will look at how we can continue the process of globalizing cycling, encourage wider participation and make the sport even more interesting for spectators. The only drawback of this call was that there was no way for fans of the sport to participate or be represented in the consultation process.

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